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Early Childhood Assessment. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2211896
  • Book
  • December 2002
  • 313 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
A new guide to conducting more comprehensive and meaningfulpsychological assessments of young children

Early Childhood Assessment presents a thorough, step-by-stepapproach to the comprehensive psychological assessment of youngchildren. In addition to covering major psychological tests, thisinvaluable resource includes specific guidelines and formats forinterviewing parents and other caregivers, observing children andcaregiver-child interaction, conducting dynamic assessments,writing reports, and evaluating outcomes of recommendedinterventions.

Dr. Lidz's approach encourages a broad range of observation with anoverarching objective of completing a picture of the "whole" child,from family life to social-emotional and neuropsychologicalfunctioning. She leads the reader through each step of acomprehensive assessment, touching on the major data sourcesnecessary for a full understanding of the child within differentenvironments. Throughout the book, Dr. Lidz advocates bestassessment practices that reflect the interests of children andfamilies.

Features useful information on:

Conducting initial interviews and observations for setting thecourse of the assessment

Using standardized and nonstandardized approaches to generateboth qualitative and quantitative data

Viewing children and families within their culturalcontexts

Integrating assessment data sources to generate meaningfulrecommendations and readable reports


Includes unique chapters on play, observation of parent-child andteacher-child interactions, and dynamic assessment

Early Childhood Assessment is a valuable tool for professionals andstudents who are concerned about the richness and complexity ofchildren's development within their families and communities.
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Chapter 1: In the Beginning...
Chapter 2: Observing Children, Programs, and Teachers.
Chapter 3: Families, Homes, and Cultural Contexts.
Chapter 4: Assessment of Play.
Chapter 5: Development-, Curriculum-, and Performance-Based Assessment.
Chapter 6: Dynamic Assessment.
Chapter 7: Standardized Testing.
Chapter 8: Social-Emotional Functioning.
Chapter 9: The Neuropsychological Functioning of Young Children.
Chapter 10: Assembling, Reporting, and Evaluating the Pieces.

Appendix A: National Association of School Psychologists Position Statement on Early Childhood Assessment.
Appendix B: New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) Guidelines for Preschool Psychological Assessment in New York State.
Appendix C: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Position Paper on Developmental Delay as an Eligibility Category.
Appendix D: National Association for the Education of Young Children Position Paper: Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education.
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Carol S. Lidz Touro College, New York.
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